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Winless players have $omething to play for on Friday

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SAN FRANCISCO – Four players will be mathematically eliminated from the WGC-Cadillac Match Play on Thursday.

So what would they play for Friday? A little extra cash.

Instead of the traditional format in which 32 players are sent packing after one day, players who do not advance to the knockout stage will receive anywhere from $46,000 to $110,000 based on their three-day record at the $9.5 million event.

Last year, each of the 32 players who lost in the first round received $48,000.

Now, players will be slotted between 17th and 64th place depending on how they fare during their three matches in group play.

There are eight de-facto elimination matches between players with an 0-1 record Thursday at Harding Park. This new wrinkle gives even those with an 0-2 record something to play for in Friday's match. 

The exact figure is subject to change based on the number of players who finish with a particular record, but the player who finishes 17th – likely a guy who is 2-1 and loses in a group playoff to advance to the Round of 16 – will receive $110,000. The player who finishes 36th, for instance, stands to make somewhere around $70,000. The last-place finisher will collect $46,000. 

Players knocked out in the Round of 16 will each receive $150,000, while the quarterfinalists get $285,000 and the two losing semifinalists earn $646,000 or $520,000, depending on who wins Sunday afternoon’s consolation match. The winner receives $1.57 million, with the runner-up walking away with $930,000.